Would the Minister of Militia inform me what are the regulatiohs governing the various battalions in respect to the formation of bands? I am the president of the Civilians' Committee of the 163rd, the new battalion being formed at Montreal, and I have been asked to urge on the Government the necessity
of having a band for that battalion. I know that in several cases the citizens have subscribed funds for the purchase of instruments, but I wish to know if the de-ipartment grants any help towards the maintenance of a regimental band. I am told that in this new regiment we have all the elements for the formation of a band, but they would like, if possible, to get the instruments from the Government.
The rule is that we furnish bugles and drums for the bugle bands of the different regiments, but regiments wishing brass bands furnish the instruments themselves. They have done that all over -the country. I wish to add my tribute of appreciation of the work Which our good friend from Rouville (Mr. Lemieux) is doing in connection with the formation of this new battalion. I understand, as he has suggested, that among its members are men with all the qualities of good bandsmen, and also all the qualities of good fighters.
I have received a telegram from some members of the Bar of Montreal asking if the Government have decided to appoint a new judge there. There has been a vacancy on the Bench in Montreal for over a month now, and the business at he court house is very congested. The barristers and the judiciary would be more than pleased if the Government would come to a decision and appoint a new judge.
I think my hon, friend asked this question the other day, when the Minister of Justice was present. As I understand, the answer of the Minister of Justice was, in effect, that he was giving the matter consideration, and that he hoped to be able to reach a conclusion in a very few days.
I wish to secure some information from the Minister of Militia in reference t-o Civil Service enlistment. We have been informed by the Government that since the first of November last young men in the Civil Service who enlist are allowed the difference between the pay
which they receive as military men and their salaries as members of the Civil Service. I am informed that members of the Civil Service who have entered the service since the war began, that is, during the past eighteen months, are deprived of this privilege. I wish to know if that distinction is made and, if so, the reason for it. It is a matter of great interest to members of the Civil Service, particularly those who have joined the Service since the war broke out. I am unable to see why any difference should be made in the treatment of the two classes of civil servants, but I am told that such is the case.
Subtopic: ENLISTMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS.
The rule in force is that members of the Civil Service who enlisted in the army prior to the 1st 'of November last draw their salaries as [DOT] civil servants and also their pay and allowances as soldiers. Those who have joined the colours since the 1st of November, 1915, receive their military pay and an additional amount which brings it up to the amount of their Civil Service salaries, if their salaries in the service were larger than their military pay. I am not aware of the existence of any such rule as my hon. friend has referred to, and I do not think that young men who have joined the Civil Service since the war broke out are des-criminated against as he has suggested. I will look into the matter and give my hon. friend further information.
Subtopic: ENLISTMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS.
to a question of privilege. I have been informed by some members of the press this morning that there is a bulletin outside some of the newspaper offices to the effect that the Hon. Mr. Calder, a member of the Government of Saskatchewan, stated in the Legislature yesterday that I was the instigator of certain charges that are being preferred against members of the Government, of that province. What I wish to say is that if such a statement has been made .it is absolutely untrue. I am informed further
that a statement has been made that I approached Mr. Calder a few months ago in respect to arranging the withdrawal of the charges against the ex-ministers in the province of Manitoba. Let me say that if Mr.-Calder has made this statement, which I very much doubt, it too is absolutely untrue.
Topic: QUESTIONS OF PRIVILEGE.
Subtopic: CHARGES IN SASKATCHEWAN LEGISLATURE.